Today, I have collaborated with the lovely Ruby from Ruby Rae Reads (check out her blog *hint hint*) for a recommendation post! We both have picked some books, movies and tv series we love and the other will be recommending what books to read based on those! So in the post below, on the left you can see Ruby’s pick and on the left, my recommendations! We have both done this so you can go see her post in which she recommends books for me here!
Right now, in the aftermath of Thirteen Reasons Why (see my opinion on this in this post), the book has become widely popular again. The book is back at the top of the best sellers lists. While the book has been about 10 years old, the hype is back, all of this because of the new tv series.
For writers, the new wave of book adaptations is a gold mine, that is, for the writers that wrote the books the adaptations are based upon. Books are sold like hot cakes, and for the fans of the series or movie, it often opens a whole new world (namely that of books). There are a lot of teenage girls (and boys of course) out there that don’t read on a daily basis or even weekly basis, like most of us here in the bookish community do, and for those, sitting down to read a book is the exception instead of the rule. Actually, I got into reading The Mortal Instruments series because of the movie and that lead to me reading all of the books and eventually even more books.
Having such an “easy” way into reading, namely by reading a book with a story you already know and love, can just make the difference between becoming a bookworm and not becoming one.
Sometimes the movie or series captures beautifully the vibe of the book, which is an incredibly hard thing to do. This is something that sets the tone of the entire adaptation and also the way in which it is received by the fans, and if the person is not a fan yet, this can cause some annoyances. Often the fans that are fans because of the movie/series, and not because of the book, are often considered not real fans, which is, of course, nonsense, because the word itself already implies that all you need to do to be a fan is loving something.
Examples of amazing series are not hard to find, The Hunger Games is one of those, with amazing acting, it’s a beautiful book-to-screen adaptation with almost all the original aspects kept. Thirteen Reasons Why, of course, needs to be put on this list, and the Harry Potter movies obviously as well.
Personally, I’m not always on the bright side of the adaptations, for example, the Shadowhunter series, I think is a bit “meh”. There are many things changed, which is a disadvantage of adaptations. Many of these adapted books already have a big fandom, and when the book is adapted to the screen, this can cause a lot of disappointment and even anger under these fans. The adaptation doesn’t always do the book justice or simply changed so much it’s barely the same story anymore.
I don’t like it when the actors in the movie don’t match the idea in my head, and that image on the screen then adapts the entire image in my head. The characters of the adaptation then merge together with the original and somehow form an entirely different image, which is something that I don’t particularly like. Especially, when the characters are very different. I can no longer see Clary as how she was in my head (you know, with actually bright red hair and being very short), all I see is a merged picture of Katherine McNamara and Lily Collins.
Several examples of series that were on the “meh” side of book adaptations (according to me) are Shadowhunters (the characters are changed a lot and not always in good ways, acting isn’t very good, but on the other hand, there is a lot of diversity added), The Hundred (ugh just horrible, those characters, I can’t stand them and how dare they delete my somewhat favourite character), Wayward Pines (the first season was amazing, the second not. at. all.).
There are many many tv-adaptations or movies I haven’t watched yet, simply because I’m afraid it won’t match up to my expectations. So whether it would be better there was no adaptation at all or whether there is a bad adaptation, that’s a question yet to be answered. I don’t know. I guess having more people in the fandom and creating a reason for people to read more, is amazing, but the adaptation can also be very disappointing.
What’s your opinion on adaptations, good or bad? Would you want to see an adaptation of your favourite book or series? I would love to see an adaptation of the Lunar Chronicles, but what if it’s not like I imagine it to be, it would be extremely disappointing. Which book would you want to see adapted? What’s your favourite adaptation?
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish and this week’s theme is: Movie Freebie! My movie preference is kinda random, I like a lot of movies and they’re all very different. So here is my top ten movies to watch:
The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch (!) and Keira Knightly (!) is about the life and works of Alan Turing. Alan Turing was one of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived, but he is also the one who helped break the German Enigma machine to end the war. It is a story of love, friendship and sacrifice.
Love, Rosie is based on a novel by Cecelia Ahern (I don’t remember the name) and is the story of two friends, growing up and missing every opportunity to be together. It is a cute and funny movie to watch when you’re feeling down.
Big Hero 6
This is one of the best Disney movies ever! I love Big Hero 6, it is funny and really awesome, the characters are so cool!
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It makes me so happy and the music is amazing! I listen to it basically every day. This is the story of a musician with a broken heart and a messed up music producer who just got kicked out of his company. Together they decide to make an album on the streets of New York.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
I’m a sucker for Keira Knightly movies and Pride & Prejudice adaptations, so this one is the perfect match!
The movie is almost equally good as the book. In this movie Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after the rest of his crew left thinking he was dead. Now he needs to survive. Mark is really funny!
Tomorrowland, also known as Project T, is a science-fiction story about a girl getting a pin which seems to transport her to a weird and awesome place called Tomorrowland. The movie is so beautifully made! It’s a story about hope and believing in your ideals. I’m kind of offended that the name of the actress that plays the main part isn’t even large on the poster??
The Green Mile
This movie is so long, but it is definitely worth the sit. I remember exactly when I watched this movie for the first time, it is heartbreakingly beautiful and so wonderful.The story is about a prison where people wait before they get executed. One of the prisoners is John Coffey, a gigantic and scary looking man, but he is so kind. The story also has a fantasy-like twist to it.
Upside Down is one of the most beautiful movies i have ever watched, not because of the story because that is not super interesting in itself, but because of the setting. When watching this movie you just want to keep making screenshots because it is stunning.
I just love Ratatouille, I always have.
Did you watch any of these movies? Do you have recommendations on what to watch next?